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LIVE BLOG: Cal vs Fairfield (12:30pm PT)

Aug 29, 2014

Cal opens the 2014 season this morning at Varsity Turf at Stanford, Calif. The Bears and Fairfield Stags will play at 12:30 pm live on the Pac-12 Networks. Follow this blog for live updates of the game.

12:20pm - Starting lineups have been announced. Starting for the Bears are Nicole Wallstedt (F), Sydney Earle (M), Andrea Earle (F), Monica Marrazzo (M), Paula Seibt (M), Clara Goni (D), Nicole Henriksson (F), Michaela Swensen (D), Natalie Gibbens (D), Mara Gutierrez (D) and Courtney Hendrickson (GK)

12:32pm - National anthem is done and we are ready to start play at Varsity Turf. Fairfields starters are: GK (Bennett), D (Matties, Miles, Buurma, Heinen, Leo), M (McCauley, Laginja), F (de Paeuw, Taddeo, Burgoyne)

12:35pm - And we're off! Cal wearing gold and blue while Fairfield will start today's game in all red. This is the third meeting all-time between the Bears and Stags with Cal holding a 2-0 series advantage. 

12:38pm - Cal earns a penalty corner, taken by Monica Marrazzo. Shots by Andrea Earle and Nicole Wallstedt are blocked, but the Bears win another. Clara Goni with the shot after the second penalty corner which is blocked and results in a third. Paula Seibt's shot is blocked, ending the three consecutive threats. 

12:43pm - First save of the game goes to Fairfield on a shot by Andrea Earle. Cal holds a 6-0 advantage in shots after 10 minutes of play.

12:49pm - A little back and forth action over the last five minutes with neither team getting an opportunity on goal. 

12:55pm - Nicole Wallstedt with a shot from close range that is saved. Bears with a penalty corner.

12:57pm - Cal not able to get a shot off on the penalty corner. The Bears leading all of the offensive statistics with a 9-0 edge on shots and 4-0 edge in penalty corners. 

12:59pm - Fairfield's first shot of the game is taken by Julie de Paeuw but sails high in the 24th minute. 

1:02pm - GOAL - Fairfield strikes first to take a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute. Ann Burgoyne finishes a pass from teh left flank by Julie de Paeuw to put Fairfield ahead. 

1:11pm - HALFTIME! Fairfield leads 1-0 with a goal by Ann Burgoyne at 26:09 (assisted by Julie de Paeuw). 

1:13pm - Halftime Stats: Shots (Cal 9-3), Saves (Fairfield 2-1), Penalty Corners (Cal 4-1)

1:22pm - The second half has begun at Varsity Turf!

1:33pm - Cal with two looks so far this half but nothing on frame. Fairfield with one shot that Hendrickson saved.

1:37pm - GOAL!! California ties the game with a goal by Alie Zimmer, the first of the freshman's career! Nicole Henriksson with an assist on the play! 1-1 with 20 to go 

1:40pm - First card of the game is a green given to Cal's Monica Marrazzo

1:46pm - Penalty corner awarded to Cal. Marrazzo takes it and back-to-back shots by Goni and Andrea Earle are saved by the GK.

1:50Penalty corner awarded to Fairfield. Shot taken by Laginja goes high. 

1:53pm - Penalty corner awarded to Cal with less than 5 minutes remaining and the score tied 1-1. Marrazzo takes the corner and Andrea Earle's shot is saved by the GK.

1:57pm - One minute remaining in regulation

1:59pm - We are headed to overtime in the season opener for the second consecutive year. 

2:01pm - Overtime rules are two 15-minute sudden victory periods. If still tied at the end of the two periods, a penalty shootout will decide the outcome.

2:06pm - And the first overtime period has begun. We play 7-on-7 in OT. In for the Bears are Hendrickson (GK), Swensen, Gibbens, Goni, Seibt, Zimmer and Andrea Earle.

2:09pm - ALIE ZIMMER scores her second of the day to send Cal to a 2-1 overtime win in the season opener! Go Bears!